MILWAUKEE — Since taking over the Catholic Memorial head coaching position in 1978, Bill Young has not looked back. Young was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002 after coaching his team for 24 years at that point.
During his early coaching days, Catholic Memorial competed in the now defunct Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association, a league for Wisconsin’s private schools to compete athletically. During that period, Young coached his team to four state championships and six runner-up finishes.
In 2000 the WISAA dissolved, and all former members joined the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. Since competing in the WIAA, Young has coached the Crusaders to another four state championships and two runner-up finishes.
This year, he has his team poised to make another deep playoff run as they have dominated opponents all season. The Crusaders are currently 10-0 and have outscored opponents by a point margin of 410 to 77. Young’s team is well-balanced and has controlled opponents on both sides of the ball. In only three games has the defense allowed more than two scores by opposing offenses, and the Crusaders offense has scored more than 40 points in six of their games.
The Crusaders are led on offense by senior quarterback Rory Fox who has passed for 1,275 yards and 15 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions. Fox is a dual-threat quarterback who has also rushed for 430 yards and five touchdowns.
The rushing game is led by Corey Smith and Obacoso Allen, who have rushed for a combined 1,104 yards and 21 touchdowns.
The defensive leaders are seniors Adam Boehm and Marvell Lee. Boehm is an elite pass rusher who has tallied 10 sacks and 57 total tackles over the course of the season. Lee is a ball-hawking defensive back who has hauled in four interceptions and returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.
Their success in the regular season has earned them a number one seed in the WIAA Division 4 state playoffs. They will be playing at their home field in Waukesha, Wis. this Friday against Kiel High School, an opponent they are familiar with. The Crusaders defeated the Raiders in the 2019 WIAA Division 4 state championship game by a score of 35-0.
Young is looking to keep his streak of recent playoff success alive, and only time will tell if the Crusaders will make that a reality.
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